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February 06, 2012 #4,377 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

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PODIATRISTS AND SPORTS MEDICINE

One in Five Dancers Has Athlete's Feet: NY Podiatrist

Athlete’s foot doesn’t only appear in sports teams’ locker rooms. Dr. John Brummer, a podiatrist who works with New York City dancers at Steps on Broadway, says that one in every five dancers he sees has athlete’s foot. What is it? An infection caused by fungus. Why do dancers get it? Their feet stay sweaty inside ballet slippers or pointe shoes for long periods of time, and dancing and jumping cause micro-trauma to the feet. How do you know if you have it? Your skin will be dry, cracked or flaking between the toes or on the sides of the foot. It may also be red and itchy or burning.

Dr. John Brummer

How do you treat it? Over-the-counter antifungal powders or creams usually clear up the infection in one or two weeks. If they don’t, see a podiatrist; sometimes prescription products are necessary. How do you prevent it? Make sure your flat and pointe shoes completely dry out every night. You can also spray your feet with an alcohol-based solution after dancing.

Source: Pointe Magazine [Feb/March 2012]

Aerolase


PODIATRISTS AND HUMANITARIAN CAUSES

CA Podiatrist Recognized for Charitable Surgeries

Fresno podiatrist Dr. Thomas Kaschak has been selected by Kaiser Permanente to receive the 2011 David Lawrence Community Service Award, the medical group said in a release. Kaschak travels to Vietnam every year to perform surgeries on patients suffering from birth defects and other problems. Kaschak has performed these charitable surgeries since 1998 and is one of 15 Kaiser Permanente employees across the country to receive the award, which recognizes employees and physicians who have demonstrated extraordinary efforts to improve the quality of health in the United States and abroad. 

Dr. Thomas Kaschak, third from left, with Dr. Glenn Weinraub, left, and members of the medical team in Vietnam.

Kaschak, along with other surgeons, medical assistants, nurses, and anesthesiologists typically perform about 30 surgical procedures each time they visit the Da Nang Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Center in Vietnam. Some of those treated have injuries they have carried from the time of the Vietnam War, while others have had recent encounters with land mines.

Source: The Fresno Business Journal [02/02/12]

Biomedix

HOSPITAL PODIATRISTS IN THE NEWS

MN Podiatrist Elected President of Medical Staff

At its annual meeting in December, the Douglas County Hospital medical staff elected the following officers for 2012: president, Russell Sticha, DPM; president-elect, Kurt L. Hansberry, MD; treasurer-secretary, Paul M. Kietzmann, MD; members at large are James A. Mann, DPM and Michael L. Bristow, DO.

Dr. Russell Sticha

Dr. Sticha is Board-certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and specializes in the treatment and care of foot and ankle injuries. He is certified in surgery of the foot and ankle as well as the reconstruction of the rearfoot.

Source: Alexandria Echo Press [2/3/12]

Gill3 Podiatry


MEDICARE NEWS

CMS Sets New Start Date for Anti-Fraud Program

A CMS anti-fraud program, whose Jan. 1 launch was scrubbed because of provider concerns, will start in June instead, according to the agency.

The pilot project will allow recovery audit contractors to review claims before they are paid, focusing on the types of claims historically associated with high rates of improper payments in seven states (California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, New York and Texas), and claims with high volumes for short inpatient hospital stays in four states (Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania).

Source: Rich Daly, Modern Healthcare [2/3/12]

Dr.Comfort


QUERIES (CLINICAL)

Query: Treatment Options Talocalcaneal Coalition

I have a patient in his late 20s with pain in his right foot. I ordered a CT which the radiologist read as, “Prominent bony coalition at the posterior talar calcaneal articulation medially. A small area of bony coalition is also at the middle talar calcaneal articulation.” My patient is active hiking, biking, and does trips to Alaska exploring glaciers. The discomfort has gotten gradually worse over the years. He has tried to rest the foot for a few days at a time, but the pain has always returned. Does anyone have an idea how to alleviate his discomfort at this time? He can’t afford the cost of surgery. I’m not certain if a supramalleolar brace would be effective or a custom-molded orthotic.

Edmond F. Mertzenich, DPM, MBA, Rockford, IL

Dr. Remedy


QUERIES (NON-CLINCAL)

Query: Shoes/OTC Inserts for Size 20

I have a 19 year old male patient who is 6'9" and wears a size 20 shoe. Does anyone know where he might obtain shoes/sneakers? Do any of the labs have OTC inserts in that size? I know that I can order custom orthoses, but his finances are a problem at this time.

Chuck Ross, DPM, Pittsfield, MA

Podiatry Plus


RESPONSES / COMMENTS (CLINICAL)

RE: The Use of Uloric vs. Allopurinol in the Management of Gout (Jon Purdy, DPM)
From: Peter Vannucchi, DPM

One reason why there are no high quality evidence studies for gout is due to the fact that the complexities of effective management make it difficult to treat. In Dr. Purdy's community of southern Louisiana, I am certain that primary physicians see lots of gout. Their lack of aggressiveness is not from a lack of understanding the disease, but from the difficulty of getting patients to abstain from the obvious, namely beer. Beer has guanine in it which is rapidly metabolized into uric acid. Beer is the major culprit. So when a patient has a six-pack on Saturday night, you can almost predict that the patient will be in your office or in the emergency room on Monday. 

Patients also eat shellfish (namely mud-bugs and shrimp) as well as organ meat, and lots of red meat. Forget about high-purine vegetables - it turns out they are not a problem. Dairy products  tend to decrease uric acid to some extent. This is all relatively new data that has come out in the literature. For a brief understanding of gout, and its complexities, please read my CME article in the January 2011 issue of Podiatry Management.

Peter Vannucchi, DPM, Dallas, TX, vannucchi@att.net

Hames


RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NON-CLINICAL)

RE: Walk for the Cure...NOT!
From: Robert Scott Steinberg, DPM

I have tossed all the Walk for The Cure materials in the trash. I am disgusted by actions of the Komen Foundation and the "diseased" minds that have taken it over and turned it into a political football. Further, this issue has also brought forth information on how the Komen Foundation has sued many, many fund-raising organizations claiming Komen owns the words "for The Cure." These are not nice people.

There are so many dedicated organizations that support women's health. Find one in your town or state and dump your support for Komen, please.

Robert Scott Steinberg, DPM, Schaumburg, IL, doc@footsportsdoc.com

VMC


RESPONSES / COMMENTS (EMR)

RE: Sammy Systems (Name Withheld)
From: Ken Katz

I have been following this thread with great interest and am extremely pleased and proud that the majority of the comments have been quite positive. Even the recent post from one of our alleged customers that references issues with the e-Prescribing system is positive. He stated that he is a "satisfied Sammy customer" but his/her information is not up-to-date. At Sammy, we take the comments and feedback we receive from our current and future customers very seriously. In fact, most of the enhancements we have made to our EHR have been the result of feedback we have received.

Our engineers and the engineers with our partners are actively working to improve the e-Prescribing interface that is built into our software. This has been an ongoing process and we will continue to work on this until all of our customers are 100% satisfied. While all eRx systems use the Internet, someone could be down due to...

Editor's note: Ken Katz's extended-length letter can be read here.

Allied


RESPONSES / COMMENTS (NEWS STORIES)

RE: UK Podiatrist's Confidential Records Laptop Stolen
From: Michael Brody, DPM

If this had happened to a podiatrist in the U.S., this would be a serious HIPAA breach.

This is a major problem for a number of reasons. First, the data on the laptop was not secured with encryption. This means not only would this be a HIPAA violation but this would be a breach that affects more than 500 patients. The breach would be posted on the ONC wall of shame. There are already two podiatrists listed on the "Wall of Shame". To view these incidents, you can visit...

Editor's note: Dr. Brody's extended-length letter can be read here.

MEETING NOTICES - PART 1

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YOU CAN'T MAKE THESE THINGS UP

RE: Outrageous Shoe of the Day

Here's what happens when you don't take your shoes off while going through airport security.

I was sitting next to a gothic girl on the A train in Manhattan. According to her, these shoes glow in the dark.

MEETING NOTICES - PART 2

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